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City of Madison fleet phasing in 60 hybrid and electric vehicles in 2019


MADISON, Wis. - In an effort to become greener, the City of Madison Fleet Services will be adding 60 hybrid and electric vehicles to its lineup this year.

Thirty-six hybrid vehicles, 28 police interceptors and eight detective cars, will go to the Madison Police Department. Last year, the MPD added six hybirds to its fleet.

The new hybrid interceptors cost $3,000 more than equivalent gasoline-only inteceptors, while the hybrid cars cost $2,000 more than the gasoline-only equivalents. City fleet services Superintendent Mahanth Joishy expects the city will recoup the higher upfront costs of the vehicles by saving about 1,000 gallons of gasoline per year per vehicle.

Joishy said he hopes the city's move will get others to consider hybrid and electric vehicles.

"This is something that can be replicated by other fleets, by the public, and that's the main reason why we're doing [it]," he said. "By buying up to 60 hybrids, where we'll be by the end of 2019, we're not solving this problem by ourselves."

The move to hybrid and electric vehicles is a part of the city's goal to achieve 100 percent renewable energy and net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.